Stefania Ferrario: proud to be a model, but not proud of the ‘plus size’ label

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I came across this story this week and had to share it with you! Australian model Stefania Ferrario, who is a UK Size  6-8, recently posed with the caption ‘I am a model’ to demonstrate that with or without the plus (or the model status) she is a beautiful woman.

“I am a model FULL STOP. Unfortunately in the modelling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I’m often labeled a ‘plus size’ model. I do NOT find this empowering. It is harmful and damaging for the minds of young girls to call a model “plus.” Let’s have models of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, and drop the misleading labels! I’m NOT proud to be called “plus,” but I AM proud to be called a “model’, that is my profession! #droptheplus”

Enough said!

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Inspirational Women: Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel Campaign

You might have read my post on Belle Vere a couple of years ago – and if you did, you won’t be surprised to hear that this week I was SO happy to see this campaign in the headlines!

Lingerie giant Cacique’s range by Lane Bryant launched last week – with a brilliant ad campaign which directly challenges the controversial Victoria’s Secret ‘Perfect Body’ campaign a few months ago. Provocatively titled ‘I’m No Angel’ with the tagline ‘I’m all kinds of sexy’ (CLEARLY referencing the elitist nature of VS advertising and lingerie sizing) – five of the world’s top plus size models (including Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring) are beautifully photographed beaming in black and white, looking like they’re having an incredible time.

The label ‘plus size’ does still annoy me a bit because honestly, it should read ‘normal sized’ – but there you go! It’s still really refreshing to see beautiful women who aren’t underweight or incredibly slim in a major ad campaign.

Do you like the #I’mNoAngel campaign? See more photos below!

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This Week’s Inspirational Woman – Robyn Lawley

I think you’ll agree that Robyn Lawley is absolutely stunning. The 24-year-old Australian model has been featured in campaigns for Calzedonia, Ralph Lauren and Boux Avenue.

Robyn is a size 16 and 6′ 2”, and in the fashion industry she is classed as ‘Plus-Size’. However as she rightly says, this is rather misleading.

“I’m normal size. I wish we could all be known as models, rather than ‘plus-size’. It’s the skinny models who should be called ‘minus-size’.

The most inspiring thing about her for me is that she has been through the trials and tribulations of any of us girls in her teen years. Of course her height (plus beautiful face and hair) meant she was perfect for modelling; but ‘All I had to change was my body’.

She spent her late teens on extreme diets with a fluctuating weight, with one constant theme; she was terribly unhappy. She’s experienced the crippling insecurity borne out of trying to be someone she isn’t; someone she feels she ‘should be’.

She entered her first modelling competition aged 15. “The other girls were skinny…but I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, my thighs are touching.’ All my weight was in my face, I’d plucked my eyebrows into a skinny line and was bleaching my hair to look pretty.”

Haven’t we all been there? Perhaps not standing in a bikini in a modelling competition…but almost in our own competition, lining ourselves up against other, ‘skinnier, prettier’ girls and feeling guilty, disgusting and inferior as a result?

Robyn’s attitude to life and appearance is refreshing for someone who is in such an image-obsessed industry. She firmly believes that life is to be enjoyed, not to be spent worrying about how fat or thin you are. “If you feel guilty about food, it stops you from being in the moment”. She says.

Isn’t this a refreshing breather from the onslaught of Victoria’s Secret models, all muscle and bone with harsh fitness regimes and extreme diets which girls all over the world are trying to replicate.

Each and every one of us can take inspiration from Robyn and try to love ourselves a little bit more. She is proof that it can be done – and she is now successful, happy and, of course, beautiful.

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Belle Vere – My Favourite ‘Plus-Size’ Shoot of All Time

This shoot for me epitomises real glamour, beauty and femininity. It’s a couple of years old, from Vogue Italia. The images are shot by Steven Meisel, and the first time I saw it I couldn’t stop looking at it – art at it’s best!

Most importantly, aside from all the over-used ‘so nice to see plus-size in Vogue’ arguments, it is unapologetically sexy and beautiful.

This, for me is a true representation of women. Confident, provocative, sensual and fierce – everything a woman should be!

Here’s a link to see the full gallery for Belle Vere – pics below!  http://www.fashionising.com/pictures/b–The-plus-sized-models-of-Vogue-Italia-6957.html

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